Do you want to enhance your German skills in a fun, relaxed environment? The German House on the University of the Alabama campus is the place for you! The Hans und Sophie Scholl Haus constitutes a unique living-learning program. Students who live in the house agree to speak German as much as possible.
The program is supervised by a student director, who is a native speaker and lives in the house with the other residents. In most years about half of the residents are students from Germany or Austria and half are U.S. students.
Currently, the Scholl Haus is housed in several apartments in the Bryce Lawn apartment complex on Bryce Lawn Lane. In recent years, the total number of residents in the house has been between 12–15. Each student has their own bedroom while other facilities (kitchen, living areas, bathrooms) are shared.
The Scholl Haus is committed to helping students come together in a relaxed environment to improve their knowledge of the language, culture, and contemporary political and social issues of German-speaking countries and Europe at large. Living in the German House will teach you about a different culture and customs, and it will deepen your understanding and awareness of your own unique background and culture.
Thus, the goal of the German House experience is threefold: to contribute to students’ intellectual and social development, increase the awareness and appreciation of cultural differences, and help them become true global citizens.
Course Credit Opportunity
Get credit while having fun! “Living in the German House” (GN 205/206) is a two-credit course available to American students residing in the German House. This conversation course meets once a week for two hours, is conducted by the director, and centers on discussion of current issues in Germany as portrayed in newspaper and magazine articles, television programs, or films. Students provide their input on the topics for discussion.
Questions and application?
If you have questions about living in the German House or would like to apply, please email Raegan Lemmond.
In the fall 2021, the house joined with the German and Italian clubs for a cooking event. Here you can see students making homemade pasta, Spätzle, sausages, and apple crumble.